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Sean Garrett's Top Ten Songs Of All Time

When it comes to great music, singer/songwriter/producer Sean Garrett's ears are golden. The 31-year-old maestro has crafted a wealth of hits for artists such as: Ciara, Beyonce, Mario, Chris Brown, Usher, and most recently Nicki Minaj. Before he gets ready to drop his the Gil Green-directed music video for "Get It All" featuring Nicki, Drake, and Lil Wayne, VIBE caught up with The Pen to hear his top ten songs of all time. Don't hate on the self-picks!

1. Usher ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris - "Yeah"

Of my time this was probably one of the biggest records. It was very notable, like when you hear it in the club or you hear it on the radio, everyone’s excited. That record was a blessing and everytime somebody hears that record they smile and say 'Oh shit.' My whole purpose in life is to make people dance and make people happy.

2. Michael Jackson - "Rock With You"

That’s just an emotional, good time, music lover song. That’s the one song that I fell in love with as a kid. That’s a record my mom used to play all the time, just the feeling of that song is amazing. It's just like butter.

3. Jay-Z - "Hard Knock Life"
Hov named me The Pen. My other peers don’t matter to me, I don’t give a fuck what any of them says, but when Hov names you The Pen… I'm good (laughs). I feel like that record is so relatable, it’s something you can always go back to when times is hard and you were eating ketchup sandwhiches. If you're from that place, I'm so thankful to be where I am now, but I just love that song. Such a bangingass record, whenever you hear that just takes you back.

4. Notorious B.I.G - "One More Chance" 
Biggie is one of my favorite rappers of all time, he was so inspirational. He didn’t look like everybody else, he was so unorthodox, but at the same time he was so fly. That’s one of the sexiest records. That bounce and then you got a flyass Brooklyn kid from the street. And of course the sample comes from Debarge. That record just has a lot of classic elements. That’s great music. 

5. Chris Brown - "Aint No Way" 

That’s a nice boy-meets-girl record I did. Love that record. 

6. DeBarge - "Time Will Reveal"

I'm telling you my mom used to play me all these crazy, classic-ass records. That record is fucking retarded. I love beautiful emotions, I love life, I love positivity, love serenity and peace - this record gives me all of that.

7. Mario ft. Sean Garrett & Gucci Mane - "Break Up"

I love "Break Up" because everybody didn’t like it at first. People thought it was strange, but it wasn’t. As a music maker, you're always trying to outdue yourself, you gotta get people that pill they need in their life. You got the critics who were like 'We don’t really know about that,' but the fans always stand up. That was the song of the summer and was the breaking of me as an artist.

8. Bobbi Brown - "Rock Wit' Cha"

That Don’t Be Cruel album is probably one of the hottest albums of all time. That album is just pure feelings. 

9. Michael Jackson - "Thriller" 

Who doesn't have this on their list? I think Quincy would kill me if I didn’t include. 

10. Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – "Dre Day" 
When you talk about greatest, he’s one of the most incredible producers of all time. Record is phenomenal, so gotta give a shoutout to Dre.

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T.I. keeps himself accountable for his wrongdoings in the cinematic visual for "The Amazing Mr. F**k Up."

Premiered Monday (Dec. 10) on his series T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, the track featuring singer-songwriter Victoria Monet, is flipped into a 10-minute-short film. Directed by Mike Ho, the short film stars comedienne Britney Elena, Colombus Short, Woody McClain and model Denise Rodriguez.

Starting at a fancy dinner gathering among friends, things take a turn for the worst when the rapper's other partner invades the feast. On the Dime Trap cut, T.I. calls out himself for his past mistakes and deviances with acknowledgment on how he needs to do better.

"It's amazing all the sh*t I done / Such examples I've been setting for my son / All she did was stay down and have my kid / All the time just to realize I ain't sh*t," T.I. spits. In addition to the rapper flexing his acting chops, the album version of the song includes the infamous scene in ATL between Tip and Lauren London, where his character snatches a necklace he gifted for New New.

The rapper is currently closing out the year on an impressive note as it was revealed that his music has been streamed 276 million times on the music streaming service Spotify. "A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!!," the Grand Hustle emcee tweeted on Saturday (Dec. 8).

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Extra thx to @brittneyelena @woody_thegreat @mikeho_ @officialcshort and errrrbody involved in bringing this vision to life!!! #TheAmazingMrFuckUP out @vevo after tonight’s episode of Friends and Family Hustle!!! @vh1

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A modest flex to end my 18th year in this sh*t!!!! Multitudes of Gratitude!!! #NextYearWeGoBigger!!!!

— T.I. (@Tip) December 8, 2018

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Meek Mill Is Surrounded By His Day Ones In Visual For "Intro"

Self-proclaimed "Champion of the United States" and Philadelphia-bred rapper Meek Mill delivers the official music video for "Intro" on Monday (Dec. 10).

Directed by Kid Art, the three-minute visual frames Meek's mental state as he re-enters the rap game as he continues to battle the justice system as a young, black man. Presumably surrounded by those he considers family, "Intro" retrospectively takes a look at the 31-year-old's come up as a notable rapper out of North Philly.

Juxtaposing his current lifestyle with not-so-distant memories of the trenches, the video shuffles scenes of club confetti, bullet holes, poured out bottles of Ace of Spades and dirt bikes– a presumed nod to Meek's unjust jail sentence.

"Pouring champagne 'cause all my n***s dead/ If they ain't in the graveyard, then they in the feds/ I give a f**k if that crown heavy, put it on my head" spits Meek over the instrumental to Phil Collins' "In The Air."

Last week (Dec. 2) music engineers Young Guru and Anthony Cruz spoke to VIBE about Meek's choice to sample Collins' "In The Air Tonight" on the track, stating that "Meek had this vision" to flip the classic track since he first heard it in Paid In Full and was glad to finally make it happen in a standout fashion on "Intro."

If you haven't already, be sure to take a look at the official music video for "Intro" up top.

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Gucci Mane, XXXTentacion, & More Friday Releases You Need To Hear

Another week, another list of Friday music releases. The week's of 2018 are dwindling, but there is a little more time left for some last-minute music releases. From Gucci Mane, to XXXTentacion, and Ice Cube, here are the albums and singles that you need to hear.

Gucci Mane – Evil Genius

Gucci Mane's 13th studio album is here. The rapper dropped his new project, Evil Genius, featuring an all-star list of talent, including, Quavo, Kevin Gates, Lil Skies and 21 Savage. The LP also features production by Metro Boomin, Murda Beatz and Southside.

The latest music drop marks the perfect finish to an eventful year for Guwop. He previously dropped DropTopWop, Mr. Davis, and El Gato The Human Glacier this year. Even so, the rapper suggested that he wants to make a bang with Evil Genius.

"I think this time, this album was like the first time I kind of had more fun making the records," he said during an interview with Beats 1. "With the intentions of just going in the studio and just had fun and this is what came out. But before, I was kind of going and expressing myself, talking through the mic, like I had a lot of my chest. This album was like, let's find the best beat, make the best song and put it out."

XXXTentacion – Skins

In celebration of XXXTentacion's posthumous album, Skins, his estate and friends through a livestreamed event at 9p.m. EST, featuring Trippie Redd, PnB Rock, Ski Mask the Slump God, Matt Ox and more.

There has been quite a bit of buzz surrounding the late rapper's new release. It's his first since his death in June 2018. The album features only one guest appearance from Kanye West. On the track, which is entitled "On Minute," Ye reportedly addressed abuse allegations brought against X. In support of the album, Kanye also released a Yeezy capsule collection, commemorating their single.

Since X's death he has been regarded as a young legend, gone too soon. His sophomore album ?  peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Listen to Skins below.

Ice Cube – Everythang's Corrupt

Ice Cube is make with Everythang's Corrupt. The album's only feature is OG rapper Too $hort.

Cube already got fan excited after released the one of the LP's single "Arrest the President." The track takes aim at President Trump's corruption and racist policies. The album's cover art features Cube holding a 100-dollar bill in his bloodied hands.

Everythang's Corrupt is Cube's tenth studio album and his first in eight years. It's a follow-up to 2010's I Am the West.

Sneakk Ft. YG & Tyga – "Spray"

New artist Sneak has joind forces with YG and Tyga to bring their new banger "Spray." It's Sneakk's first track released through Def Jam. The single definitely sounds like the new stripper anthem or the perfect track to ride down the block to.

Ahead of the single's release, the rapper's shared a teaser on social media featuring a behind the scenes look at their music video.

Michelle Williams – "Fearless"

Michelle Williams is back. The songstress – best known as a member of the popular girls group Destiny's Child – recently dropped a new solo record entitled "Fearless."

The pop record is an inspirational anthem, encouraging fans to face their fears and chase their dreams. This is a huge moment for Williams, as it is her first single in nearly four years. It also follows an overwhelming year for the singer, who got engaged in Apr. 2018, as well as publicly revealed her battle with depression and mental illness.

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